The California Chafee Grant for Foster Youth (Chafee Grant)
awards up to $5,000 a year to eligible foster youth. The Chafee
Grant may be used at any eligible California college or
university, or career or technical school. Students attending
schools in other states may also qualify. A student’s receipt of
a Chafee Grant award shall not exceed five years (whether or not
Chafee Grant Resources for Administrators
Please refer to the following resources when processing
eligibility and payment requests for current or former foster
youth who wish to participate in the Chafee Grant program.
Chafee Grant Coordinator's Guide
Chafee Grant Payment Roster Quick User Guide
Chafee Grant Frequently Asked Questions – FAQ
Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Implementation
Chafee EFT went live on May 2, 2023. Any payment requests
will be delivered electronically to the institutions that
opted-in to receive Chafee EFT.
As a reminder, institutions should update their cash management
policy to include how Chafee EFT funds will be handled internally
since the institutional office that receives Chafee funds may
Institutions who opted-out of Chafee EFT will continue to receive
paper warrants by mail.
For more information, visit the Chafee
Grant EFT webpage.
SB 150 Frequently Asked Questions
Senate Bill No. 150 (SB 150) went into effect on January 1,
2020, and allows students to receive Chafee grants for up to two
years before becoming ineligible due to not making Satisfactory
Academic Progress (SAP).
For more information, visit the Chafee Grant SB 150 Frequently Asked Questions.
Student Website, Resources, and Forms
Information and forms for students can be found on the Chafee Overview for Students webpage.
For more information contact:
California Student Aid Commission
Chafee Grant Program